Indian Goddesses are often picturized as wearing shiny nose pins or nose rings that add to their grace and divine aura. In the Lalitha Sahasranamam, the Goddess is described as a graceful woman who wears a nose pin that is shinier than a million stars. These lines show the significance of the nose pin as a traditional Indian jewellery.
Many women pierce their noses as part of their beliefs or as a fashion statement. However, experts say that wearing a nose pin, in fact, has many health benefits too.
Even though nose pins in gold, silver and other metals could be worn, it is better to use gold. Gold has the influence of Jupiter, which showers fortunes, Mars, and Ravi. Besides, gold is a metal that is believed to be blessed by Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of good fortune. Diamond nose pins are simple and look classy. However, it is not a stone that could be worn by everyone. Those who have Venus on undesirable positions in their astrological chart shouldn’t wear diamond. However, wearing diamonds could bring good luck to those who have Venus on favourable positions and are born in the sign of Venus.
Nose pin has always enjoyed a special position in the Indian tradition. The legend of Goddess Kanyakumari Devi and her iconic nose pin is quite famous. The idol of Goddess Kanyakumari Devi wears a sparkly diamond and ruby nose pin that emanates an unbelievable radiance. In the olden days, the faraway ships could see the sparkle from the nose pin and docked at Kanyakumari thinking that it is a lighthouse on the port. However, most ships got wrecked after being hit on the rocks near the coast. That is the reason why the eastern door of the sanctum sanctorum was closed. This door is opened only on special occasions when the deity is taken out for the ritualistic bath.
Nose pin could be worn either on the left or the right side of the nose. However, the Vedas say that women should wear nose pin on the left side as it is connected to the reproductive system. There are lots of nerves close to the opening of the nostrils. Ayurveda states that these nerves are stimulated when the left side of the nose is pierced. It would make the uterus healthier and would ease the menstrual cramps and even the labour pain too.